Ready to Go!

An afternoon visit to Kaiser Racing Kennel found Pete relaxed and making last minute preparations. Dog Sled Mushing is a family affair and the compound was bustling with relatives and friends hurrying here and there. I got a quick interview which I’ll post later, but wanted to put up a few photos from the visit. Ray “Gonders” Hoffman and Pete’s Dad, Ron, were on hand to give advice when needed, but mostly to just hang out with our favorite musher before he and the Team make their way out on the trail. Bethany was there as well getting all of his goodies ready, but nowhere to be found was little Ari, who already is missing his Daddy for the next two days or so.

Here are the photos! See ya down there shortly!

2016 Kuskokwim 300 Race Day is Here!

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As dawn breaks on race morning, the weather report shows good weather for the start of the 2016 Kuskokwim 300. It will be a bit breezy, so make sure to bring your best winter gear down to the Start Line at 6:00pm to get the best seat in the house! The first Teams will leave the chute at 6:30pm followed by the K300 Fireworks show directly after the last Teams have moved onto the trail.

Pete and the Team are making final preparations and trying to relax, but race day is always exciting and everyone has a few butterflies in their stomachs.

Weather report for today from Kusko.net:

KUSKOKWIM DELTA-
INCLUDING...BETHEL...HOOPER BAY...NUNIVAK ISLAND
713 AM AKST FRI JAN 15 2016
.TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. PATCHY MORNING FOG. HIGHS 15 TO 20.
NORTHEAST WIND 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.
.TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS ZERO TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHEAST WIND
15 TO 30 MPH. LOCAL GUSTS TO 40 MPH ALONG THE COAST.
AKZ152-160330-
LOWER KUSKOKWIM VALLEY-
INCLUDING...ANIAK...SLEETMUTE
713 AM AKST FRI JAN 15 2016

.TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS ZERO TO 15 ABOVE...WARMEST NEAR
ANIAK. NORTH WIND TO 15 MPH.
.TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS ZERO TO 15 BELOW...WARMEST NEAR
ANIAK. NORTH WIND TO 15 MPH.

 

 

2016 K300 Drawing Photos

The group of 25 mushers in the 37th running of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog race gathered this evening to select starting positions and get the rules for the upcoming race. The eager lot of men and women from around the State listened intently as race organizer Myron Angstman and others described the trail and other specifics for the event beginning tomorrow evening. In addition, Race Marshal Nels Alexie cautioned the competitors to stick to the rules and “LISTEN” so they understood them. The group of mushers includes 3 rookies, but the extent of mushing experience is as good as it gets. It’s going to be a shootout to be sure as conditions are improving and most of the dog drivers are excited to get going.

Pete and the Team will be leaving the chute in 20th position as they head out on the trail to defend the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 Win. He is in great spirits, but totally ready to get back on the trail and the first race of the season.

Here are the photos– Enjoy! (Check out a few more on the Kaiser Racing Facebook Page) We’ll have Pete’s pre-race interview tomorrow for you, but join us at the Starting line tomorrow evening at 6:30pm. Go Team Kaiser!

Lucky 20

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I’ve got lots of photos from the drawing, but here’s the starting order for the 2016 Kuskokwim 300. Team Kaiser will be leaving to defend their 2015 Win. See Ya there at the Starting Line tomorrow afternoon! Go Team Kaiser!

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